New York Counts on Public Media

New York Counts on Public Media

Raising awareness about specific issues that impact our communities

WXXI and public media organizations across New York State have come together to raise awareness about specific issues that impact our communities throughout the state. You can access hours of content through broadcast or on-demand content that provides resources and information about the opioid and overdose epidemic, aging and senior isolation, and student mental health.

Read more about the three initiatives below and click on the titles to link to the initiative's individual page. 

Student Mental Health Matters
This multi-platform project shines a light on the importance of student mental health and well-being. As part of this initiative, special programs address student mental health concerns. Also provided specifically for educators is a student mental health toolkit to support the mental well-being of students. This initiative is a New York State Education Department funded initiative that has called on NYS public media organizations to help address the issues of student mental health throughout the state. Focus week: September 25-Oct. 1, 2023

Aging Together in New York 
A unique multi-platform storytelling project covering the rise of social isolation among seniors. Aging presents a unique stage of life - one that has not been adequately explored.  As life expectancy grows, our society has not kept up with the potential of an added generation of experience - potentially decades beyond age sixty-five. While projected longevity and increased quality of life presents opportunities, there are challenges that need attention now.   As we age, we are more likely to live alone and can face barriers to community and connection.  Leaving work, the deaths of friends and loved ones, stopping driving, hearing and vision challenges all can isolate older adults from sources of community.  Social isolation alone doesn’t guarantee loneliness, but it is a significant risk factor. Focus week: May 15-21, 2023

New York's Overdose Epidemic 
This initiative examines New York State’s addiction and overdose crisis. “Overdose Epidemic” programming draws attention to this public health crisis and raise awareness of services available in local communities for those impacted by addiction. This initiative also include collaboration with the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). Focus week: February 13-19, 2023